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Results Unclear As Federal Money Flows To New Mexico SchoolsThe Associated Press

An analysis of public school funding in New Mexico shows federal financial support is on the rise without necessarily boosting student academic performance.

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New Mexico Authorities Ask For Tech Company's User PracticesThe Associated Press

The New Mexico Attorney General's Office says it has sent a letter to a data sharing company, asking for information on user practices as prosecutors investigate how technology is used to distribute child pornography.

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Let’s Talk New Mexico 5/10 8a: About one in four New Mexicans has an EBT card in their wallet that they use to buy food. We’re continuing the conversation this week about food assistance and new work requirements that Congress is considering in the 2018 Farm Bill.

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New Mexico Reconsiders Funding Textbooks At Private Schools - By Morgan Lee, Associated Press

The New Mexico Supreme Court is reconsidering its ban on the use of public funds for textbooks in private schools at the request of the U.S. Supreme Court.

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New Mexico Set To Begin Primary Vote For Governor, Congress- Associated Press

Early voting begins Tuesday at county clerk's offices and by mail in New Mexico's hotly contested primary elections for two open congressional seats and the governor's office.

HPV, or human papilloma virus, is the most commonly contracted sexually transmitted infection but little is known about the way it works. As Public Health New Mexico’s Sarah Trujillo reports, local researchers won two grants to study the virus and design new ways to measure and treat infections. 

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Colorado State Makes Changes To Campus Tours – Associated Press

The president of Colorado State University has outlined several steps the school will take after two Native American teenagers were pulled from a campus tour by police.

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Colorado State University Invites Native American Teens Back- Associated Press

Colorado State University is inviting two Native American teenagers pulled from a campus tour by police back to the school, saying it will pick up the tab for them to travel back there for a VIP tour with their family.

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Dem Congress Hopeful Facing Questions Amid Misconduct Case- Associated Press

A congressional candidate and former chairwoman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico is facing accusations from a former Democratic official that she failed to address a misconduct claim.

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A high schooler from Carlsbad organized the Stand for the Second movement Wednesday for students who support the Second Amendment.

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When pregnant women experience discrimination and stress, their babies do, too. This could help explain disturbing racial inequities in maternal and infant health here.

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More Cases Of Whooping Cough Now Reported In McKinley CountyThe Associated Press

Officials with the New Mexico Department of Health are reporting more cases of whooping cough in an ongoing community-wide outbreak in McKinley County.

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Only a small handful of lockups around the country let new moms who are behind bars breastfeed their infants. But the Bernalillo County jail—the biggest in the state—rolled out a policy that allows female inmates to feed their babies, or to pump milk for them.

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Let's Talk New Mexico 5/3 8a: Having a baby is a dangerous prospect for many women in New Mexico. Many hospitals aren’t prepared to deal with life-threatening complications related to pregnancy and childbirth, and not all women have access to quality prenatal care. Women of color are especially at risk. How can we ensure that all new and expectant mothers in our state get the care they need?

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Dryness Prompts New Mexico Forests To Impose Restrictions – Associated Press

The Carson National Forest in northern New Mexico will soon be implementing fire restrictions due to increasingly dry conditions.

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New Mexico Firm Hopes To Offer Wi-Fi For Space Travelers – The Associated Press & The Santa Fe New Mexican

A small New Mexico-based firm is hoping to join NASA in offering Wi-Fi in space.

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Central American Asylum Seekers Get Legal Aid Near US Border – Associated Press

About 20 volunteer lawyers have given talks about the U.S. asylum process to members of a "caravan" of asylum seeking Central Americans at the Tijuana-San Diego border that President Donald Trump has harshly criticized.

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It might seem that opera is an art form that only grown-ups can tackle.  Surely, years of training are necessary to create an opera or even to appreciate one.  Well, the Santa Fe Opera disagrees.  This summer, for the third year in a row, the company is giving kids, third through eighth graders, the chance to write, compose, design, and perform their own opera.  The Opera Storytellers Camp is June 4 - 15.

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Gov. Martinez Visits National Guard Troops At BorderThe Associated Press

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez visited National Guard troops deployed to the U.S-Mexico border, praising their work with the Border Patrol as bolstering security for the state.

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Santa Fe School District Reconsiders Security ApproachThe Associated Press & The ABQ Journal

The Santa Fe school district is backing away from a plan to place police officers on campuses among its efforts to improve school safety.

New Mexico's Delegation On The Farm Bill And SNAP

Apr 25, 2018
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For this week's Let's Talk New Mexico, we reached out to New Mexico's congressional delegation for their thoughts on the 2018 Farm Bill and SNAP funding. Here's what they sent us via email:

Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D)

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New Mexico Supreme Court Rejects Governor's Vetoes - Morgan Lee, Associated Press

The New Mexico Supreme Court sided with lawmakers today in a dispute over the extent of the governor's veto powers, ordering that 10 bills vetoed by Republican Susana Martinez in 2017 go into effect because she offered no immediate explanation to the Legislature.

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Let's Talk New Mexico 4/26 8a: Call 277-5866. We're talking about the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and whether people in our state can access it. We'll also talk about the Farm Bill proposed in Congress, which would increase work requirements for people using SNAP, along with other changes. Have you applied for SNAP? How did the process go for you? Or what do you think of work requirements for people participating in this programs? How can people in New Mexico get the food they need? Email letstalk@KUNM.org, tweet #letstalkNM or call in live during the show. 

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New Mexico Education Officials Pursue School Retention PlanThe Associated Press

New Mexico public schools officials are moving forward with a proposal that would require schools to administer improvement and intervention plans and in some cases hold back students who have literacy skills below grade level.

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Getting health care when you’re a veteran living on the Navajo reservation can be an all-day affair, starting with hours of driving to Albuquerque. Last week, the Navajo Nation Council unanimously approved more than $2 million to fund a veterans service center on tribal land.   

Meet The New Mexico Towns Where Less Connectivity Is More

Apr 23, 2018
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Hillsboro and Kingston, tiny mountain towns on the edge of the Gila National Forest in Southern New Mexico, have a rare quality.

It comes from the night skies. The stars shine bright at this elevation. The nearest city lights are 31 miles from Hillsboro in Truth or Consequences and 41 miles away in Hatch.

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In New Mexico, computer science courses are not mandated by the state. Many schools in metropolitan areas offer these courses, but few rural school districts do. However, one rural school district has turned to New Mexico’s Supercomputing Challenge, an annual science and engineering competition, to offer computer science education.

In Small Towns, A Way To Make Remote Work, Work

Apr 23, 2018
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Dilapidated motels line the entrance to Grants, New Mexico, signs of the boom that came and went in this town of 9,000 people. 

Reclamation work continues at the mines that once earned Grants the nickname “uranium capital of the world,” but federal figures show the mining industry employs a fraction of what it once did in the historic U.S. Route 66 town. “The uranium mines were good to us,” said Sarah Pena, 71, a lifelong Grants resident. “They brought the economy up, and there are a lot of people who are still here, who stayed.”

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New Mexico Mayor Who Urged Saving Water Using A LotThe Associated Press & The Santa Fe New Mexican

A New Mexico mayor who campaigned on reducing water consumption appears to use significantly more water than most of his neighbors.

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Navajo Nation Approves $2.4 Million For Veterans Facility – Associated Press

The Navajo Nation has given approval to help fund a veterans facility in New Mexico that will prevent patients from having to travel far for care.

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